Katie B. Posted March 25, 2022 Share Posted March 25, 2022 (edited) So, I figured the word "establishing" was better than the word "cycling" after watching one of Cory's videos (embedded at the end of this post). I am learning very quickly of patience as I read & hear about bacteria growth, plant growth, and the chemistry that is taking place inside my tank. I decided that since this is the start and I want to make sure that my tank is helping my plants and when it might be ready for a few fish, that I would record my tanks data consistently for a time. *** Below is a picture of a spreadsheet I created to help me easily monitor my tank's progress. I realized after listening to Irene from Girl Talks Fish & Cory that I needed more plants to help with the nitrogen cycle. I went onto Etsy and ordered a 10-plant variety bundle to add to the plants I already have (which is down to 10 due to melting). I am anxiously awaiting their arrival since I know it will help tremendously with my ammonia issue. I would love to go ahead and place Ruby, my betta, in the larger tank but he still has 2 days left of his Maracyn meds to take and I need the ammonia and nitrite levels to subside. I did go ahead and order 6 x Albino Corydoras and 2 x Mystery Snails from AquaHuna which will arrive next week. I have a quarantine tank I will set up this weekend in preparation. *** Below is a picture of my tank currently with the 10 plants I have and hardscape placed. I just increased my lighting to 50% for 7.5 hours a day instead of 6 hours, split into two periods (since I don't need it lite during nap time with my toddler 😉) Now, Cory mentioned in his video that when establishing an aquarium GROWTH is GOOD. That could be algae or plant and YAY FOR ME, I am seeing both! The only thing I am unsure about is how often I should be fertilizing my plants in the beginning as I attempt to establish my tank. Something else I just noticed TODAY (3/25/22) were SNAILS!!! Ok, some of you I know are probably cringing but I am feeling two ways about it... They are LIVING in my tank which means life can happen (YAY 😆) Ok, they will eventually take over my tank and then I will have a mess to deal with... *** Below is a picture of two of the three teeny tiny snails I found today. --------------------------- So, to sum up what is taking place with my 29-gallon tank currently... Algae & plant growth is happening Snails have emerged Ordered more plants to help with nitrogen cycle Ordered Albino Corydoras & Mystery Snails to be quarantined upon arrival I am keeping track of my tanks chemistry data using a Google spreadsheet I am using a bullet journal to keep track of tank and fish needs/data (see pictures below) --------------------------- Questions I have... How often should I use Easy Green fertilizer to fertilize my tank while it is establishing? Should I be overly concerned about the snails? Other than plants, is there anything else I could/should be doing to lower my nitrite and ammonia levels? --------------------------- *** Below are pictures of my bullet journal. I use frixion pens because they are colorful and ERASE! --------------------------- Edited March 25, 2022 by Katie B. 2 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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